An estimated 4,000 athletes, coaches and sports officials are expected to converge in Roxas City on February 17 to 23 for the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA).
“Capiz is now prepared, as well as our delegation,” said Dr. Victor G. de Gracia, officer-in-charge at the office of the assistant director of the Department of Education (DepEd-6).
De Gracia, however, added that some delegations have initially encountered problems, such as lack of funds but they were able to find solutions.
He urged athletes to “exert their effort” but it does not mean that they will conquer their opponent by all means.
“I’m sure you’re almost ready for the regional meet. Always remember that it is a competition but not really to conquer each other. We are still one regional family,” he said.
Last year’s regional sports competition was hosted by the province and the city of Iloilo. The Iloilo contingent bagged the overall championship with its 165 gold, 122 silver and 102 bronze medals.
This year’s regional sports event will be the second time that Negros Occidental will be joining since the Negros Island Region was dissolved.
De Gracia said that the renewed participation of Negros Occidental last year brought to a higher level the sports competition with the presence of the equally competitive provinces of Negros Occidental and Iloilo.
The regional sports meet serves as venue to choose the region’s delegates to the Palarong Pambansa.PNA